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Pawlenty won't attend DFLers' budget summit

Published 08/15/2009, State Capitol Bureau

One headline said Gov. Tim Pawlenty “declined” an invitation to meet with current and former governors and legislative leaders. Another said he “rejected” the idea. It was more like he tore up the invitation into little bits and threw it away. Then burned it. And buried the ashes. Figuratively, at least. Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, both Minneapolis Democrats, invited the officials to a summit to discuss economic woes the state faces.

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